Monette Malewski, winner of the Association of Québec Women in Finance Inspiration Andrée Coriveau Award

At the 10th edition of the Gala des Talentueuses, held by the Association of Québec Women in Finance (AFFQ), Monette Malewski, President of M Bacal Group, was honoured to receive the Association’s Inspiration Award.

Under the theme “Les Talentueuses en Avant!”, this annual event highlights the achievements of professional women in the finance sector. This year, Marie-lin Hamel, Associate at National Bank of Canada and winner of the 2011 Relève Award, and Jean-Philippe Décarie, business columnist with La Presse co-hosted the evening. Almost 600 people from the business community were on hand to celebrate the careers, skills and achievements of outstanding women who particularly distinguished themselves over the past year.

Monette Malewski, President of M Bacal Group, was named winner of the Inspiration Award in recognition of her professionalism and exceptional career, which have made her a source of inspiration for many women in business.

Ms. Malewski makes it her priority to develop a relationship of trust with her team and clients. “The success of a family business, more than any other type of organization, is dependent on the people who create and run it. Each of their decisions contributes to the realization of their dreams and the future of their business. They make our world a better place,” she emphasized in her acceptance speech.

A committed board member of a number of organizations, including Investissement Québec, and the International Women’s Forum in Washington where she represents Canada.

The President of M Bacal Group has no shortage of ambition. Her new area of focus? Sharing her experience and values with family businesses!



The success of a family business depends on the people who create and nourish it.

  • Each of the decisions of the first generation (the founder) has to take into consideration the family dynamics, the ambitions and the potential of each player.
  • Through each of their decisions they transmit their values to the future generation that will continue the family business.
  • Each of their decisions contribute to the realization of their dreams and future of their business, our cities and country. They make the world a better place.

Family enterprise forms the backbone of the Canadian economy, with families owning or controlling an estimated 75% of all businesses.

Their context is very unique. They face distinct business challenges and the interpersonal dynamics. The fundamental principles applied to most businesses simply do not address the unique issues that confront the modern business families.

There is a shortage of specially skilled advisors that can offer advice adapted to the specific needs of business families. The researchers at UBC’s Sauder School of Business pioneered a new field of study aimed at advisors working with entrepreneurial families.

Monette Malewski, President and Chief Executive Officer of M Bacal Group who advices business families, just completed her certification and is accredited as a FAMILY ENTERPRISE ADVISOR™(FEA) , the only designation that specializes in Family Enterprise Advising.

After having perfected her competences and enhancing her understanding of the unique issues facing business families, Monette in working with other professionals in navigating these challenges, can provide greater insight and guidance for multiple generations of entrepreneurial families.